PHOTOS: The Samaná Peninsula of the Dominican Republic


I’ve been dying to share more photos of the gorgeous Samaná Peninsula, where I spent the month of June.

From Samaná town to Las Galeras and Las Terrenas, this northeastern tip of the DR is one of the most stunning corners of the island, if not the entire Caribbean region. So stunning that many American and European reality TV shows and movies were filmed here. Think rugged cliffs and mountains hugging the turquoise Atlantic Ocean and diamond-white beaches–some on the world’s best lists, like Playa Rincon–bluffs blanketed in coconut palm trees,  jade rivers and waterfalls, offshore islands and national

parks. The landscape is just breathtaking, and the pace of life as slow as is expected in most of Samaná’s fishing villages. Last but not least, it’s home to a population made up largely of descendants of African Americans–from Philadelphia, beginning in the 19th century–and European immigrants.

These and more images will likely appear in my first edition of Moon Dominican Republic, to be released in the Fall of 2015–along with all my best tips for exploring this stunning, less crowded northeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. (P.S.: jetBlue flies into Samana’s El Catey airport)

In the meantime, there’s more work and running around to be done! My next stop is Puerto Plata. As always, you can follow along my DR journey on Instagram.



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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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  1. Lorraine 5 July, 2015 at 12:40 PM #

    Love the photos! (But not changing my destination as yet…

  2. Lorraine 5 July, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    Lovely photos! ( not changing my destination as yet tholol!)

  3. Susan 5 July, 2015 at 4:16 PM #

    Oh My Gosh Lily! These photos are so beautiful. I showed them to my husband and he said “We need to go there!” I told him we have to go to Belize first. You really and truly capture the beauty everywhere you go.

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 5 July, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    @Lorraine – Well, I think we knew that long time (and we know why), ha ha!

    @Susan – Thank you so much! It really IS that stunning here, especially on the Samana Peninsula which many folks don’t know or hear about. The scenery is out of this world. Let your husband know there are jetBlue flights from Florida to Samana’s El Catey airport! 🙂 But of course I’d be happy if you make it to Belize as well.

  5. Cathy 22 October, 2015 at 12:51 PM #

    Stunning pictures of Samana! One of the reasons we moved from Toronto, Canada to the North Coast! So beautiful. Thank you!

  6. Lebawit Lily Girma 23 October, 2015 at 9:35 PM #

    Thanks, Cathy! And great choice on your move. 🙂

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